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Forty Portraits in Forty Years – [NYTimes.com]

Forty Portraits in Forty Years - NYTimes.com

Nicholas Nixon was visiting his wife’s family when, “on a whim,” he said, he asked her and her three sisters if he could take their picture. It was summer 1975, and a black-and-white photograph of four young women — elbows casually attenuated, in summer shorts and pants, standing pale and luminous against a velvety background of trees and lawn — was the result. A year later, at the graduation of one of the sisters, while readying a shot of them, he suggested they line up in the same order. After he saw the image, he asked them if they might do it every year. “They seemed O.K. with it,” he said; thus began a project that has spanned almost his whole career. The series, which has been shown around the world over the past four decades, will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, coinciding with the museum’s publication of the book “The Brown Sisters: Forty Years” in November.

via Forty Portraits in Forty Years – NYTimes.com.

How to see into the future – [FT.com]

Irving Fisher was once the most famous economist in the world. Some would say he was the greatest economist who ever lived. “Anywhere from a decade to two generations ahead of his time,” opined the first Nobel laureate economist Ragnar Frisch, in the late 1940s, more than half a century after Fisher’s genius first lit up his subject. But while Fisher’s approach to economics is firmly embedded in the modern discipline, many of those who remember him now know just one thing about him: that two weeks before the great Wall Street crash of 1929, Fisher announced, “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”

via How to see into the future – FT.com.

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke sells his new solo album via BitTorrent

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has a new album, and it’s available exclusively via BitTorrent. Yorke is the first artist using BitTorrent’s Bundles program to sell downloads, making it a test case for what could be another option for artists to monetize their music or videos.

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, as the album is called, will cost fans $6, but one of the songs and the music video that goes along with it are free. BitTorrent has been experimenting with artist-authorized downloads for more than two years, but so far has only asked users to give up their email address in order to “unlock” a download.

The Yorke album marks the first time a BitTorrent bundle is actually up for sale; the singer called it “an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something the general public can get its head around” in a letter accompanying the…

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The Computer-Controlled Driving Experience Is About More Than Just Self-Driving Cars – [fastcoexist.com]

The Computer-Controlled Driving Experience Is About More Than Just Self-Driving Cars | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

If you were to design a transport system to use as much energy as possible, with the greatest possible impact on the environment, you’d design a system something like the one we have now. You’d give everyone their own car, subsidize gasoline to the tune of billions of dollars a year, and allow everyone to drive everywhere for the same cost, irrespective of traffic conditions or air quality. Today, the United States uses 170 billion gallons of fuel to go a total of three trillion miles a year. The result is gridlock in many places and massive carbon emissions.

One day we may all drive around in electric cars powered from renewable energy sources. But even that wouldn’t help as much as you might think. It would cut pollution, sure. But if we organized traffic systems the way we do now, we’d still have traffic congestion and high blood pressure.

via The Computer-Controlled Driving Experience Is About More Than Just Self-Driving Cars | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Big Data Is Changing the Way We Get Well – [Mashable.com]

Big data is affecting on-the-floor work among caregivers in numerous ways. One of them is in the decision-making process, bedside.

With the advent of [electronic medical records],” said Mickey Lynch, director of commercial strategy and innovation at Cadient Group, “a physician has a much broader set of information upon which to establish a path forward. Meaning that now he or she can quickly view notes from previous visits, quickly access lab values and access test results perhaps administered by other physicians. All of which provides the physician with a far more robust clinical view of the patient.”

Another way big data is making changes — how medical facilities are managed and leveraged to optimize resources around patient-traffic trends.

via Big Data Is Changing the Way We Get Well.

Huxley Was Right

Originally posted on Weekends in Paradelle:

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The English author Aldous Huxley was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, a scientist who was known as “Darwin’s bulldog” for his defense of the theory of evolution.

Huxley published four novels in the late 1920s satirizing English literary society and was fairly well known. But it is his fifth book, Brave New World in 1932,  that is best known for with the general public.

Huxley said he started out to write a parody of the 1923 Utopian novel Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells (an author I loved as a kid, but who has fallen off the list as I find out more about his politics), but Huxley’s growing distrust of politics and technology led him to a serious blend of science and fiction and a disturbing vision of a future that looks the assembly lines in Henry Ford’s automobile factories that were so praised in Huxley’s time…

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5 Countries That Do It Better: How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place | [alternet.org]

To extreme social conservatives of the far right, the word “prude” is not an insult — it’s a badge of honor. “Prudes,” they would argue, should be upheld as exemplary role models because a sexually repressive society is also a society with fewer unplanned pregnancies and fewer sexually transmitted diseases. But not only do the facts not bear that out, they also demonstrate that the exact opposite is true. Countries that embrace many of the things social conservatives detest comprehensive sex education, pro-gay legislation, nude or topless beaches, legal or decriminalized prostitution, adult entertainment tend to be countries that have less sexual dysfunction than the United States, not more. And when one compares sexual attitudes in the United States to sexual attitudes in Western Europe, it becomes evident that there is a strong correlation between social conservatism and higher rates of teen pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases.

via 5 Countries That Do It Better: How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place | Alternet.

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